Location: Latvia has the Baltic Sea on the north and west. Neighbours are Estonia, Lithuania, Byelorussia and Russia. Latvia seceded from Soviet Union and attained independence in August 1991, after having attempted to establish independence in 1990.
History: Latvia continues a pro-western foreign policy; It was largely cut off from the western world during 50 years of Soviet rule. In June 99, Mrs. Vaira was elected President, the first democratically elected woman President of a central or east European country.
Agriculture: Urbanization has changed the face of this predominantly agricultural country. Crops: Oats, barley, rye, potatoes, flax, sugar beet, meat, milk and eggs. Cattle breeding and dairy farming are chief occupations.
Natural Resources: Peat, briquettes and gypsum.
Industry: Electric railway passenger cars and long distance telephone exchanges (the main producer of these in former Soviet Union), paper and woolen goods, sawn timber, mineral fertilizers, hosiery, garments, leather footwear, chemical fibre, buses and receivers.
Mission in India:
Hon. Consulate General of Latvia
48/11, Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2112931
Tele Fax: 91 - 11 - 26113753